Co-Habitating with My Inner Addict

I’m not surprised that I’m being pulled to give up my caffeine addiction this week. I’ve been practicing yoga daily for almost 2 months. Every time I get into a regular yoga practice, I get much more sensitive to what is not right in my life. I spend 20 or so minutes each morning focusing […]

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Midweek Share: I Don’t Want to Be Tough

My sister-in-law sent me a link to this video by Glennon Doyle on Facebook yesterday. I had never heard of her, but I was intrigued by the intro “It’s braver to be Clark Kent than it is to be Superman.” I was hooked in the first minute or so when she said she was in […]

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Girl Talk: Chasing Numbness

Brene’ Brown says in Daring Greatly, her latest book, that drug overdose has become the most common cause of death in this country. And, it’s not heroin, cocaine or other illegal drugs…the vast majority are from prescription drug overdoses. Sarah, a nurse friend of mine, told me a few weeks ago that, among white women […]

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Loving and Missing My “In-Between” Place

There’s a couple I know who are separated. I’ve seen the changes in their lives on Facebook. No one’s ever announced they are separated, and I have no idea if this is temporary or if they are moving toward divorce. It’s basically none of my business, but, whatever is happening, they are separated and in a […]

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Mid-Week Share: Step 12 – Principle of Service

Step 12: Service  For those of us in recovery, this is simply “how it works”.  My sister-in-law Laura posted some blog fodder on my Facebook wall yesterday. Young, beautiful Cameron Russell did an interview where she admitted her privilege because of  “winning the genetic lottery” and fitting our society’s marketable image of beauty. She realizes […]

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Living: Learning to Be Me….In Living Color

I went on a first date for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never done that before. We set up the date around my travel schedule, and, I didn’t realize it was Valentine’s Day. When I realized it, I told him that if he wanted to do it on another night when things were less busy, we could […]

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Mid-Week Share: Step 8 – Principle of Willingness

Step 8: Willingness Making a list of those harmed before coming into recovery may sound simple. Becoming willing to actually make those amends is the difficult part. will·ing adjective 1. disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along. 2. cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker. 3. done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness. […]

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Living: Meditation Books

Yesterday, my December 21 reading in Melody Beattie’s Language of Letting Go was about finding balance. It said that those of us (that would be me) who have been in abusive relationships, struggle with balance in the area of “what is normal”. After getting out of a relationship that is abusive, the pendulum swings to […]

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Mid-Week Share: Step 7 – Principle of Humility

Step 7: Humility The spiritual focus of Step 7 is humility, asking a higher power to do something that cannot be done by self-will or mere determination. I worked Step 7 long before I actually realized that I couldn’t fix myself. You see, I’m very motivated. If I see a problem that really bothers me, […]

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